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Union Library (Shrewsbury, Vt.) Account Book

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Union Library (Shrewsbury, Vt.)
Title: Union Library (Shrewsbury, Vt.) Account Book
Inclusive Dates: 1824-1854
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Account book of small local library in Shrewsbury, Vermont. Volume includes constitution, bylaws, subscription records, catalog of books, circulation records.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Nothing is known of the Shrewsbury Union Library other than what is given in the collection. The Constitution, which fills the first five pages, is dated 1824. It reads, in part:

Know ye that we whose names are hereunto subscribed, being desirous to furnish ourselves with useful instruction, have agreed to form ourselves into a Society for the purpose of establishing a Library to be called & known by the name of the Union Library of Shrewsbury...

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Union Library (Shrewsbury, Vt.) Account Book consists of a single volume, which includes the Constitution and Bylaws of the Library, along with subscription records, circulation records, and a catalog of books, as follows:

  • Constitution, pages 1-5
  • Bylaws, pages 12-14
  • List of members, pages 15-17
  • Minutes of meetings, pages 18-25
  • Notes of taxes and other monies paid to the library, by subscriber name, pages 36-92
  • Catalog of books, pages 112-128

The catalog of books encompasses a wide range of classical and contemporary titles, including Pilgrim's Progress, Tristram Shandy, Tales of a Good Woman, Plutarch's Lives, Robinson Crusoe, Ovid's Art of Love, Paley's Philosophy, Shakespeare's plays, Homer's Iliad, and numerous books of travel, biography and history.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Union Library (Shrewsbury, Vt.)


Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Libraries -- Vermont -- Catalogs.
Libraries -- Vermont -- History.


Shrewsbury (Vt.) -- Intellectual life.

Genres and Forms

Account books.
Administrative records.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Union Library (Shrewsbury, Vt.) Account Book,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 28 Sep 2010
Revision history:

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Administrative records
SC 586 Library account book 1824-1854

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